Midwest Milling Tech Center

A State-of-the-Art Educational & Training Facility Designed to Maximize Your Milling Efficiency

  • Comprehensive Training in a Classroom Environment
  • Hands-on Milling Demonstrations
  • Access to Dapra
  • Dapra Midwest Milling Tech Center in Rockford, IL
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“We believe that education of the process – not just on our product – is critical to our customers’ success. This is why we incorporate many practical examples in our training. We want class attendees to get a firsthand look and understanding of the process, in a safe environment where no parts are scrapped, and where help is readily available.

Attendees have repeatedly told us how much they appreciate this training, and how much more they learned by doing it with us versus simply watching a prearranged demo put on by the host company.”

– Mike Bitner, Vice President of Sales and Product Management

Some Specific Items Covered:

  • Climb vs. conventional milling
  • Long reach milling considerations
  • How to use the speed & feed charts in cutting tool catalogs
  • Toolholders (pros / cons of various styles)
  • Air vs. coolant (when to use each)
  • Grade selection
  • Geometry selection
  • Application of cutting tools according to machine capabilities
  • Soft vs. hard milling techniques
  • Chip thinning (axial and radial)
  • Chip formation based on cutting geometry
  • Tool pressure based on cutting geometry
  • Course pitch vs. fine pitch tooling
  • Tool path suggestions
  • Troubleshooting / wear and failure characteristics
  • Carbide content
  • How to select the right depth of cut
  • Correct insert indexing procedure
  • 3-axis helical interpolation
  • 3-axis helical profiling (contour ramping)
  • Machining strategies for various typical part shapes

Dapra’s new Midwest Tech Center in Rockford, IL is a facility dedicated exclusively to customer training, prototype testing, turnkey application development and other educational opportunities – all with the goal of helping customers maximize their milling efficiency and increase their productivity.

At Dapra, we pride ourselves in providing the most advanced milling tools in the industry, but our relationship with our customers doesn’t end with a sale. This unique, state-of-the-art facility allows us to work with you face-to-face on key process evaluation, tool and insert grade/geometry selection, operating optimization, troubleshooting and productivity enhancement.

Classes at the Tech Center provide a combination of both theoretical and practical training, with a 30-horsepower Haas VM-2 mold making machine tool on the classroom floor for hands-on demonstrations. This mold/die machine is well-suited for complex 3-dimensional surfacing, as well as typical 2D profiling and face milling. All training classes cover many practical examples to give attendees a thorough understanding of the process, providing immediate visual confirmation of the parameters and tooling chosen for the cut.

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Attendees have told us that the repetition involved in choosing the right tool and operating parameters, then doing the calculations for correct speeds and feeds, really helps to cement the concepts covered. Related processes and technologies such as workholding and spindle-mounted dot peen part marking can also be demonstrated.

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